Rebecca Rainof

Lecturer and Associate Researcher

Dr. Rebecca Rainof is an Associate Researcher in the Department of English. Her research specialty is Victorian and Modernist literature, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies of literature and the visual arts. Her scholarship and teaching also focus on novel and narrative theory, religion and literature, gender and authorship, as well as the personal essay and memoir. She is the author of The Victorian Novel of Adulthood (Ohio UP, 2015), which charts an alternative novelistic tradition to the bildungsroman, narratives of midlife. She is currently completing a book manuscript on “Van Gogh and the Victorians,” which explores the artist’s devotion to Victorian literature and how artistic adaptation as an art form evolved alongside changes in print culture and art exhibition. Her Van Gogh scholarship was recently featured in the catalogue for an exhibit, “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and his Sources,” at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (2022, Yale UP). Dr. Rainof also writes about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII through the lens of her mother’s experience at the Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Early work related to a family memoir has been published in the journal Hyphen: Asian America Unabridged and in an essay, “Mixed Feelings” (Literary Imagination, 2022). Her research and teaching have been supported by grants and fellowships including a Princeton Mellon Fellowship for Faculty Innovation (2018), Curran Fellowship from the, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (2015), Faculty Research and Book Publication Grant, Catholic University (2015), Josephine De Kármán Fellowship (2007), the Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship at Princeton University (2006). Prior to joining the English faculty at UC Berkeley, Dr. Rainof was a faculty member at Princeton University and at the Catholic University of American in Washington, DC.



Rebecca Rainof
Monograph, 2015

Selected Publications

“A Room of One’s Own: The Essay and the New Woman,” Cambridge History of the British Essay, edited by Denise Gigante and Jason Childs, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming May 2024)

“Moveable Feast,” The Pocket Instructor: Writing with Briallen Hopper, edited by Amanda Irwin Wilkins and Keith Shaw, Princeton University Press (forthcoming)

Van Gogh’s Literary Imagination,” Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and his Sources, edited by Eik Kahng, Yale University Press (2022)

"Mixed Feelings," Literary Imagination, Volume 23, Issue 2, July 2021

“George Eliot’s Screaming Statues, Laocoon, and the Pre-Raphaelites,”(link is external) SEL: Studies in English Literature (Autumn 2014) 54.4

“Victorians in Purgatory: Newman’s Poetics of Conciliation and the Afterlife of the Oxford Movement,”  Victorian Poetry (Summer 2013) 51. 2

“Rereading Realism: Woolf, Percy Lubbock, and the Politics of Modernist Form,”  Back to Bloomsbury: Selected Papers from the 14thAnnual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, edited by Gina Potts and Lisa Shahriari, Center for Virginia Woolf Studies, California State University, Bakersfield, 2008

Poetry and Other Writing

“Spring,” The Slowdown,(link is external) March 12th, 2020 and Five Points: A Journal of Literature and the Arts, Volume 18, Number 3

“Everyone Acts as a Family Unit: A Conversation with Kishi Bashi and his Team at the Heart Mountain Pilgrimage,”(link is external) Hyphen: Asia America Unabridged, October 22, 2018


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